Top 5

Once a month we post a new list of things to do in the Halifax region. Read on for trip-planning inspiration!

After the endless parties, dinners and gifts of the holiday season, it’s always nice to be a little kinder to our bank accounts in the beginning of the New Year. That doesn’t mean you still can’t get out, explore Halifax and have a good time.

Here’s a list of five things you can do for under $5 in Halifax:

1: Pavia Coffee + Halifax Central Library
It only makes sense to start this list at one of my favourite places in the city – Halifax Central Library. I’d use my $5 for a small coffee from Pavia and a Ricciarelli cookie, one of my top treats in the city. After you grab your snack, browse the books and magazines, take in the view of the city from the 5th floor or drop into a free event or program.

2: Free night at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Did you know that every Thursday evening from 5pm – 9pm there is no admission charge to enter the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS)? It’s true!

Thanks to the Bank of Montreal, the gallery is free to everyone. A perfect opportunity to see some beautiful art and be friendly to your bank account. A win-win.

3: Ride the ferry to Dartmouth
Halifax is lucky to have a ferry as part of our transit. It’s a nice opportunity to sit back for 15 minutes and take in the view of the city and the activity in the harbour.

Think of it as a mini-cruise for only $2.50!

Grab the ferry over to Alderney, and spend some time exploring downtown Dartmouth. Make sure you ask for a transfer when you pay your fare, so that if your trip is 90 minutes or less you can ride the ferry back to Halifax for free (and use that extra $2.50 to grab a coffee at TIBS!). Even if you miss the ferry – you can get home for $2.50, keeping the round trip at an even $5.

4: Walk the Frog Pond Trail
Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding areas have some great walking, biking and hiking trails to discover. Aside from being beautiful, they’re also free which makes them a shoe-in for this list. I’m going to specifically recommend the Frog Pond Trail, a lovely loop off the Purcell’s Cove Road. If you have a method of transportation, this is a free trip. If you need to take public transit, that’s an option too, with Route 15: Purcell’s Cove dropping you off a short walk from the parking lot.

5: Visit the Africville Museum
Located at the very Northern end of peninsular Halifax sits Africville. Originally a thriving African Nova Scotian village, the community was dismantled and displaced due to industrial development in the 1960s. Currently home to Seaview Park (a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon), take time to visit the Africville museum. Located in a replica of the community’s church, the museum walks visitors through a history of the area, and the resilience of its inhabitants. Admission is only $3.50 (+ hst).

Blog written by Martha Gallagher